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united states measles outbreak

The number of measles cases in the United States is on the rise according to CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD). In the first five months of 2019, 880 people from 24 States were reported to have measles.

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An emerging health and safety concern for those in construction is the rise in knowledge surrounding respirable crystalline silica. These are very small particles, invisible to the human eye that are created when work activities such as cutting, sawing, drilling of materials (concrete, stone, block, mortar) exposing the worker to respirable crystalline silica. This can have devastating results spanning from silicosis and lung cancer to kidney disease.

To prevent and protect at-risk workers OSHA began rolling out one of the two new OSHA standards regarding crystalline silica exposure on September 23, 2017. OSHA has begun to enforce these standards for these types of construction projects due to their higher exposure risk. While the general industry and maritime will see the enforcement of these standards mid next year.

How does this new standard affect you, and how can contractors protect themselves now?

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